Athina Kanioura Joins PepsiCo as 1st EVP, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
Athina Kanioura has been named executive VP and chief strategy and transformation officer of PepsiCo, a new role for the company.
Most recently chief analytics officer and global head of applied intelligence at Accenture, Kanioura will lead end-to-end strategy at the No. 3 consumer goods company — including its digitalization and data strategy — spearheading enterprise-wide transformation to accelerate growth and identifying cost efficiencies and optimization.
Kanioura spent 15 years at Accenture, specializing in artificial intelligence and analytics. She grew the applied intelligence function from a subspecialty to a global group, and led sales and customer analytics globally. She also drove Accenture’s CRM and personalization offerings.
Kanioura worked with such consumer goods companies at Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Philip Morris while there, and PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta cited her hands-on experience in helping CPGs transform their businesses with data and tech solutions as “tremendously valuable” for PepsiCo.
"Athina is a highly talented leader who will bring a cross-functional, technology-driven approach to business transformation at PepsiCo,” he noted.
"PepsiCo is an industry leader known for its commitment to innovation and continuous technological advancement," said Kanioura in a statement. "I look forward to contributing new perspectives and working across functions and geographies to lead a digital transformation strategy that delivers on the company's long-term business goals and Faster, Stronger, Better priorities."